FAQ ABOUT SPIO ORTHOSES
What is SPIO?
SPIO stands for Stabilizing Pressure Input Orthosis. SPIO orthoses are comfortable compression clothing, designed by a clinician to improve proprioception for improved stability, posture, sensory response, and motor control in children and adolescents.
SPIO contributes 100% of its profits to Children’s Therapy Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children with special needs and their families. SPIO is a Pacific Northwest company, and all garments are manufactured locally in the Seattle area.
What SPIO products are available through BPHT?
BPHT therapists can custom measure patients for SPIO vests, short and long sleeve shirts, pants, and/or gloves.
Are SPIO products covered by insurance?
SPIO orthoses may be covered by your insurance under DME (durable medical equipment). A sensory assessment may be required to evaluate your child’s need. If a SPIO product is recommended by your therapist, our BPHT Authorization Specialist will assist with coordinating the documentation required by your insurance. We encourage you to contact your insurance company’s customer service department directly for information on your specific DME coverage.
SPIO products may also be purchased out of pocket without prior authorization or insurance requirements. Cash pricing for SPIO products varies depending on type of garment, size and customization.
Who can use SPIO Orthoses?
SPIO garments have shown to be effective with children of all ages with:
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Cerebral palsy; Athetoid, Ataxia, Quadriplegia, Spastic diplegia, Hemiplegia
- Syndromes such as Retts, Angelmans and Down Syndrome
- Other related developmental delays and disabilities
Please note that each individual is unique and results may vary. The use of a SPIO orthosis is contra-indicated by patients who have heat-triggered seizure disorders, and/or lycra or neoprene allergies.
If you’d like to order SPIO garments:
Ask your BPHT therapist to measure your child at their next appointment.